Foundations of Drawing
On Display: May 10, 2013 – July 8, 2013
Artist Reception –Friday May 17, 2013 5-7pm 5-7pm
Lelde Alida Kalmite
Like many other painters, I have also an interest in, and love of, drawing. In recent years I have attempted to bring these two interests closer together and to incorporate some of the organic elements of my drawings into the more geometric and minimalist approach of my paintings. Although the paintings express a sombre and ominous view of our ecological situation, the garden drawings could be described as my personal celebration of the beauty of the natural world, serving as a counterpoint to the paintings.
I draw without preliminary sketches, spontaneously, in ink, without corrections. If mistakes occur, they are allowed to remain, or the drawing is discarded. For each drawing that I have retained, perhaps ten have been discarded. This practice is related to one of the basic ideas of abstract expressionism - the importance of spontaneity and subconscious influences released in the act of making art. For me, this spontaneity is nevertheless grounded in many years of practice in representational drawing.
The drawings are generally not complete - i.e. completely filling the available space of the paper all the way to the edge. I prefer that the drawing calls attention to the fact that it is a sign on paper interpretable as an image, as opposed to being a "window on the world", or a "picture of" something.
I strive to make the line in each drawing identical to the subject, rather than a depicter of the subject. This is a rather subtle distinction, but I have observed it in Japanese prints, in which, for example, diagonal lines become rain or a curved line becomes a wave. It is this calling attention to the metaphorical nature of art making that I find exciting and appealing. A perfect balance between the abstract and the real is very difficult to achieve, and happens only rarely in my drawing.
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Todd Serrano is an emerging artist whose subject matter is predominantly cityscapes and landscapes derived from his surroundings in addition to travels across the country. His primary mediums are acrylic, graphite, pen and ink, watercolors, oil painting and pastels.
Mr. Serrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Design from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. After graduating in 1997 he continued to study the creative arts in Europe. His studies included drama and poetry in Oxford, England and plein air drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. Mr. Serrano has been represented by and shown in galleries in the Midwest.
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I make tabletop and wall pieces in porcelain or stoneware using slab-built techniques, with an eye on developing shapes and contours that best provide the surface for my hand drawn imagery. These forms thus become a canvas for depicting scenes that combine my interests in travel, art history and the natural world.
The vases, vessels and wall pieces I make today evolved naturally over time from a strong foundation producing utilitarian pottery, as well as having an ongoing practice of creating works on paper with a variety of drawing techniques. These once separate pursuits have been the basis of my ceramic work, and combined, produce for me the greatest satisfaction: merging the painted surface to three-dimensional form.
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